The Star are reporting that Rafa Benitez is looking to sign Salomon Rondon from West Brom via his relegation release clause of £16.5M.
Newcastle were reported close to signing Alassane Plea from Nice last week.
But they may have missed out after waiting too long to put a second bid in for him and better than the £20M that was turned down.
It looks like in the end Newcastle decided not to bother and now they may not see Plea as a viable striker option because of his high price.
When have we seen that before with the Mike Ashley ran Newcastle?
28-year-old West Brom striker Salomon Rondon
But Rafa must be getting impatient that only two players have so far been signed, and the Star report is that we are ready to trigger Rondon’s release clause of £16.5M.
That’s a decent price for a good center-forward with Premier League experience, but the Venezuelan International doesn’t score a lot of goals.
The 28-year-old is reported to be happy enough at West Brom but if Newcastle bid for him he’d probably jump at the chance to join Rafa on Tyneside and stay in the Premier League.
If we are really interested in Rondon then let’s sign him quickly – so we can move on to other targets.
Let’s not have this spread out for weeks.